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Happy new year!
We would like to inform you that BOAL Systems will be closed from the 24th of December until the 1st of January.
In case you do need to receive our products or quotations right after the Holidays, please coordinate these requests with one of our employees quickly (please note that deliveries from our suppliers are subject to delays as well).
On behalf of all BOAL Systems employees we would like to thank you for your business in 2018 and wish you a great Holiday season.
Newcomer Bayern München wins 5th edition BOAL International U14 Tournament
In the final played on Sunday, the South Germans took the penalty set just a bit better than their compatriots from Borussia Dortmund. After the final ended in a 1-1 draw, Bayern scored the 7th penalty and won the lottery at the end.
The tournament started on Friday afternoon. The participants from all corners of the world were able to find the Juliana Sportpark and three group matches were played on that day. The first cautious conclusions regarding the mutual balance of strength could already be mentioned.
On Saturday, another 3 poule rounds were played and it became clear which teams had the chance to a high ranking. For example, FC 's-Gravenzande won in group A - as agreed they played with their U15 team - their first points and the Danish Brøndby IF passed leader Bayern München at the end of the day. Ajax played quite disappointing and did not have a chance to reach the final. In group B Borussia Dortmund showed their skills at the first game and PSV followed three points behind. For the regular "BOAL tournament visitors" Chelsea FC and Feyenoord it would be difficult to come closer because of a gap of points.
On Sunday morning the sports park was bathing in a little sunshine; a single round was played. In group A Bayern München qualified for the cross-final by defeating direct competitor Brøndby IF 1-0. PSV and Borussia Dortmund ended equally in points, so they both could play the cross final. By a 1-0 victory of Borussia Dortmund over Brøndby IF, the yellow blacks qualified for the final. Bayern Munich needed penalty kicks in their cross final against PSV, which ended in 1-1, but took it better than the Eindhoven, so there was a 100% German final, with Bayern Munich as the tournament winner. A name that fits well in the list of previous winners of this beautiful tournament: Feyenoord (2014), Chelsea FC (2015), Bayer 04 Leverkusen (2016) and Borussia Dortmund (2017).
Kawasaki Frontale won the Fair Play Trophy, Dawid Radzinski of the Polish Zaglebie Lubin was named best goalkeeper of the tournament and Matteo Schablas of Bayern Munich won the prize for the best player of the tournament.
The full final tournament ranking
1. Bayern München (GER)
2. Borussia Dortmund (GER)
3. Brøndby IF (DEN)
4. PSV (NED)
5. Zaglebie Lubin (POL)
6. Feyenoord (NED)
7. Chelsea FC (ENG)
8. AZ Alkmaar (NED)
9. Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
10. AFC Ajax (NED)
11. Club Brugge (BEL)
12. ADO Den Haag (NED)
13. Kawasaki Frontale (JAP)
14. Sparta (NED)
15. FC ’s-Gravenzande (NED)
16. Burnley FC (ENG)
24 - 26 August: BOAL International U14 Tournament
The organisation of the BOAL International U14 Tournament at FC 's-Gravenzande finalized this year’s list of competitors. Next to the home team, the youngsters of well-known European teams FC Bayern München, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV will show their skills from 24 to 26 August (week 34). Will you be there?
Next to these favorites, the teams of the Belgian Club Brugge, the English Burnley, the Danish Bröndby IF, the Japanese Kawasaki Frontale, the German team of Bayer Leverkusen and the Polish Zaglebie Lubin will play for the title. From The Netherlands AZ, ADO Den Haag and Sparta will be there as well.
The first edition of the 3-day tournament in 2014 was won by Feyenoord. In 2015 Chelsea was the winner, 2016 was for Bayer Leverkusen. Last year Borussia Dortmund became the winner of the tournament.
For more information look here.
"Join us again!" Plume for BOAL Systems and language course certificates for adults
On Wednesday, July 4th, BOAL Systems received the 'Join us again! Plume 2018’. The annual award is intended for an organisation or person who has made a special effort to tackle local low literacy.
This year the award goes to BOAL, because according to the jury we "make a positive contribution to promote literacy among the employees." BOAL offers lessons in 'Language on the work floor' at BOAL in 's-Gravenzande. "BOAL motivates employees and enables them to participate in a language course, which is a good example for other companies and employers." HR Director Wim 't Hart, together with one of the employees, received the prize joyfully and proudly.
BOAL Systems on GreenTech 2018
From 12 till 14 June, BOAL Systems participated at the busy international GreenTech fair in Amsterdam. This event was held for the third time and is the leading worldwide show for greenhouse technology.
Lots of visitors around the globe went to see the BOAL stand and got up to date about the latest aluminium greenhouse systems suitable for glass, poly and F-Clean® covers and company developments. Next to that, the new Daylight Greenhouse® could be seen in the stand, which attracted the eye of the visitors!
BOAL staff improve their Dutch language
Bregje van der Meer (45) is a teacher at Taal + school. She mainly focuses on the Horti Campus in the Westland area, but she also does something special: she is a teacher of Dutch language on the workplace, so on location. Bregje teaches a group of 11 men to speak, write and listen in Dutch. The work is often quite heavy, but they always go to class. The men come from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe and from team leader to performer, they mix in class. The atmosphere is fine and the hierarchy of the workplace falls away.
They all want the same thing: learn Dutch better. And so far, it is successful due to the circumstances they learn within working hours, on location and facilitated by the company. There will be 2.5 hours of teaching once a week from 14.45-17.15 hours. The day and evening teams meet during the lesson; the day shift stays an hour longer and the evening shift comes an hour earlier. The goal is that the students grow from A2 to B1 and learn to read, listen, write and speak in Dutch.
And so far, it is a big success!
Equistone acquires BOAL Group
Munich/Naaldwijk, 15 March 2018 – Funds managed by Equistone Partners Europe (“Equistone”), one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors, have invested in BOAL Group (“BOAL” or “the Group”), a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance aluminium greenhouse roof and side-wall systems for glass and poly greenhouses.
Equistone will acquire a majority stake in BOAL Group from its current CEO Ronald Boers and the founder of the business, Marinus Boers, both of whom will retain a minority shareholding. BOAL’s management team will also acquire a minority stake in the business. The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed and the acquisition remains subject to clearance from anti-trust authorities.
Headquartered in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, BOAL Group has 48 years of experience in designing and manufacturing aluminium roofing and sidewall systems for greenhouses and holds a market leading position in the horticultural greenhouse industry. It also supplies the construction, engineering, and transport sectors with aluminium extrusions. The production of its high-performance products is underpinned by its in-house experience, know-how, innovation and aluminium extrusion capabilities across its sites in the Netherlands (‘s-Gravenzande, Maasdijk, De Lier) and the UK (Shepshed). BOAL Group currently employs c.370 people and generated revenues of c.€155m in 2017.
Together with Equistone, BOAL plans to further develop its market-leading position in the horticultural greenhouse industry through continued product innovation, geographic growth and further expansion into the poly-greenhouse roofing systems market. It will do this whilst remaining a reliable partner to its existing customers for greenhouse systems as well as aluminium extrusions.
Marc Arens, Partner at Equistone, said: “BOAL Group already has an impressive market position which provides an outstanding foundation for the next phase of growth. Together with its exceptional management team, Equistone will build on BOAL’s strengths and continue its growth strategy. Our key priorities will be geographic expansion, product innovation and an extension of the Group’s existing product portfolio.”
Ronald Boers, CEO of BOAL Group, commented: “The greenhouse industry is growing rapidly, a development from which BOAL Group is set to benefit enormously. Equistone is the perfect partner for our ambitions and together we will continue to drive the company’s growth plans forward. We can rely on our long-term strategic partnerships with our customers and our long-standing experience and core competence in the extrusion of high-quality aluminium profiles for the greenhouse industry and other markets.”
Marc Arens, Roman Emanuel Hegglin and Moritz Treude led the transaction for Equistone. Equistone was advised by h&z (commercial), Deloitte (financial), Allen & Overy (legal), PwC (tax), ERM (environmental), GCA Altium (debt advisory), Shearman & Sterling and Stek Advocaten (financing, legal). BOAL was advised by William Blair (M&A), Roland Berger (commercial), Deloitte (financial/tax), Houthoff (legal), Tauw (environmental), Oaklins (financial), VanDoorne (legal), Yeald (management). The completion of the transaction is expected to take place in April 2018.
About Equistone Partners Europe
Equistone is an independent investment firm wholly-owned and managed by its executives. The company is one of Europe’s leading investors in mid-market buyouts with a strong, consistent track record spanning over 30 years, with more than 400 transactions completed in this period. Equistone has a strong focus on change of ownership deals and aims to invest between €25m and €125m of equity in businesses with enterprise values of between €50m and €500m. The company has a team of over 35 investment professionals operating across France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, investing as a strategic partner alongside management teams. Equistone is currently investing its sixth buyout fund, which held a final closing at its €2.8bn hard cap in March 2018.
Equistone is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Further information can be found at www.equistonepe.com.
Visit BOAL Systems in the World Horti Center, The Netherlands
Have you already seen our stand or one of our representatives in the World Horti Center? Since mid-November 2017 we have moved our modern stand into the exhibition area of this center of innovation for the international greenhouse horticulture. In our stand we inform you about our company and the innovative greenhouse roof systems available for glass, poly and F-Clean® coverings.
You find us directly to the left, when entering the year-round exhibition floor amongst other horticulture suppliers. Our colleagues are regularly present here. In case of absence and you would like to get in touch with one of them have a look here on this website.
Atrium and demo nursery with BOAL Systems roof system
Both the atrium as well as the demo nursery greenhouse are covered with the Lumenex® Venlo roof system. The atrium is covered with the system suitable for 16 mm Polycarbonate panels, the greenhouse is equipped with the Lumenex® Venlo roof- and gable system suitable for 4 mm glass.
Both systems have been chosen for different purposes: the atrium is used for a year-round exhibition area and meeting point for companies, schools and institutes in the horticultural industry. The greenhouse is covered with 4 mm diffuse glass and designed with various compartments acting as a demo greenhouse for research and development.
Please find more information about the World Horti Center here.